Wheelers conquer county

Daniel Storey.
Daniel Storey.

Six members of Boston Wheelers completed Friday’s 300-mile charity ride around Lincolnshire.

Julie Ellis, Earl Taylor, Mick Huskinson, Simon Balsom, Darren Smith and Neil Booley each kept the pace to complete the two laps within 24 hours.

And with money still coming in, the Wheelers have raised around £8,000, not bad considering they set off with a target of £1,000.

A team of 14 set off hoping to conquer the county, but less than ideal conditions and in juries saw several riders have to drop out along the way, including Ken Syrett whose day came to an end after a collision with a badger.

Also taking part were Alan Sharpe, Simon Plaice, Asa Elkington, Maddy Verdegaal, Chris Clayton, Danny Brown and Nigel Clare.

Sharpe described the support the club received from well wishers and sponsors as ‘heartwarming’.

He added: It was great to raise so much money, especially as it was much higher than our first target.

“Unfortunately, the strong winds proved too strong for some on the day, but we had a look of good-luck pips from passing cars.”

You can still sponsor the Wheelers by logging on to http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BW300

Wheeler Dan Storey started his road racing season in style on Saturday at the Team MK/23C Bowl Series British Cycling category 2/3 race.

The 17-year-old stormed to a third-place finish, also making him the top category three rider and top junior on the day.